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Travel Stories Podcast

Bringing you stories of wonder and adventure, crafted with sound effects and a musical score, Travel Stories Podcast seeks to inspire. From the seasoned adventurer to the wanderluster alike, travelers in over 150 countries tune into Travel Stories Podcast each week for inspirational stories and interviews.
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Sep 25, 2016

Countless things can go wrong in travel, and even in life. There is no way to stop mistakes from being made and terrible situations from arising; there is, however, a way to control your own response to these mistakes and situations. Tom Butler, a great friend of Hayden’s, has spent many years of travel solving problems, and has a lot of advice to give.

Tom is not only a friend of Hayden’s, but also a friend, bus driver, and groupie to Hayden’s band. The two of them discuss living a life of travel, what it means to settle down, and how to incorporate travel into your everyday life. Hayden was inspired by Tom’s travels, and the two of them talk about their inspirations and origins as travelers. Tom offers advice to those who do not have confidence in their own ability to travel.

Tom’s story takes place in Nepal, and is titled “Without a Paddle.” In it, Tom backpacks through Nepal to Kathmandu, goes on a rafting tour, and befriends his fellow travels and a puppy named Bob. However, Tom also had a terrible time with his borrowed wetsuit when he had to wait six hours and climb a hill before he could use a bathroom. The trip to Nepal taught Tom what he believes is the epitome of travel. For him, travel is not what you think is going to happen, or how you act with who you meet - sometimes, you are just a subject of the environment around you, and you just have to roll with it and have the right attitude, and you will have a positive experience.

Dealing with bad things that happen, in travel as well as in life, is not always easy. Rolling with the punches and keeping a positive attitude, however, can get you anywhere.

 

  • 0:42 - Hayden wonders how different people handle situations that have gone wrong, that you have no control over, that take everything out of you.
  • 2:17 - Hayden introduces Tom Butler, a great friend of his, and the two begin to discuss living a life of travel and how to cope with settling down after that life.
  • 5:23 - Tom reminisces on the time he viewed England from an airplane and realized this was his home; it could never give him everything he needed, but it was still beautiful, lush and green.
  • 8:38 - Hayden was inspired to travel by Tom’s documented travels. He and Tom then begin discussing Tom’s own inspirations and origins, and Tom offers advice to those who do not have confidence in their own ability to travel.
  • 14:10 - Hayden starts introducing Tom’s story, which takes place in Nepal, and is titled “Without a Paddle”.
    • Tom went to Nepal and sought out adventure sports - specifically, a rafting tour. In their tour, spending a good six hours on a raft, they befriended their fellow travelers and learned a great deal about the rivers and the cultures. They also met a puppy, name of Bob.
    • Tom also almost had a terrible time with his borrowed wetsuit, where he was in a bad place - but had to wait six hours in the raft and climb a hill before he could use a bathroom, and he started to laugh when the relief actually came. Tom discusses the epitome of travel and how he felt it during this trip to Nepal.
  • 30:26 - Hayden and Tom break down and discuss the rather harrowing journey Tom had in Nepal.
  • 34:20 - Tom and Hayden talk about how you deal with bad things that happen, in travel as well in life. Tom offers advice on this, referencing his own mindset when such a situation would arise. Hayden shares his own experience of the time he went hitchhiking in India.

 

Sep 11, 2016

Beliefs and rhythm are the common threads that connect people all over the world, from Utah to Chichen Itza, from the ancient Mayans to the modern Americas. Marissa Brown, a Utah, United States native who studies music and enjoys world percussion, comes to Hayden to share the stories that taught her how similar humans of different cultures and times really are.

Hayden and Marissa discuss world percussion and the beats that cultures bring to the worldwide table of rhythm. They toy with starting a band, but move on to talking about how music fits in with travel in Marissa’s life. She learned a while ago that the best way for her to find herself was to lose herself, just for a little while. Marissa discusses the feelings brought to her by visiting ancient sites, how those feelings changed her afterwards, and the levels of happiness she experienced at the time.

The not-so-hidden gem of this episode is titled “The Mystical Mayans” by Marissa; in it, she talks about the time she visited the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, to the heavily-populated site called Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city, which had a huge temple. She went on a tour with a local who gave her a personal perspective on the area, his home. She also went to Ek’ Balam, a true hidden gem, and climbed a thousand steps to the top of an ancient ruin.

While Marissa was in Mexico, she saw temple sites, marriage altars, baptismal fonts, and realized that these people, who lived so far away from Jerusalem, believed such similar things to the people there, and she saw the people living in Mexico, and she learned that people all over the world weren’t so different from one another. Beliefs and rhythms connected them, and Marissa could feel a new beat starting in her heart.

 

  • 1:50 - Hayden talks about how every place in the world has a different beat, a different rhythm to play and dance to.
  • 4:23 - Hayden introduces Marissa Brown, a musician who caught the travel bug. She participates in world percussion, the rhythm that brings the group together. Hayden and Marissa discuss drum beats from different areas and how their distinct beats can be associated with certain cultures and feelings.
  • 10:00 - Hayden and Marissa talk about how music fits in with travel in Marissa’s life. Marissa thinks the best way to find yourself is actually to lose yourself, just for a little while, as she learned on her mission call to Louisiana.
  • 16:26 - Marissa introduces her story, “The Mystical Mayans”, in which she travels to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
    • First, Marissa goes to a heavily-populated site called Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city, which had a huge temple. She also went on a tour with a local who was able to give his personal perspective on his home, including a history of the area and how it compares to the area now.
    • The next place Marissa went was Ek' Balam, on a tour of this “hidden gem” with her family; they climbed to the top of this ancient ruin, up a thousand steps, where they could see over the jungle.
    • Marissa saw temple sites, marriage altars, baptismal fonts, and realized that these people, who lived so far away from Jerusalem, believed such similar things to the people there, and she saw the people living in Mexico, and she learned that people all over the world weren’t so different from one another. Marissa decided she wanted to learn more about the world around her, because she felt that there was something so much greater than her outside of her immediate bubble of her private life.
  • 33:04 - Marissa and Hayden break down her story. They talk about the symbolism and the feelings of the Mayan sites she visited, and why and how these feelings changed her afterwards.
  • 36:36 - Hayden asks Marissa why she thinks seeing historical sites and cultures is better than swimming with the dolphins; Marissa explains the levels of happiness that each of the different activities brings.
  • 43:00 - Hayden and Marissa talk about the music of different countries and how playing it and recording it is so different than the music of your hometown.

 

Sep 4, 2016

Solitude, silence, and peace are craved by many when they are traveling. However, many others desire companionship instead, wanting someone to share their experiences with. Richard Bruschi has a healthy dose of both, but it was solitude that helped him to truly find himself.

Richard Bruschi is a writer for Sonderers Magazine, which functions on the idea that everyone has a story, no matter how modest their experience is or unexciting their life is. Everybody has a story, everybody has a life, everybody has thoughts, and that is a beautiful thing; Sonderers operates under that belief. Richard is, as described by Hayden, very cerebral in nature, and he and Hayden deep-dive into a variety of subjects throughout the interview, eventually ending up in a rabbit hole of conversation. Richard has done a considerable amount of traveling in his life, from the United States to Italy to Nottingham, and his experiences have impacted him greatly. Richard believes that there are opportunities everywhere if you just know where to look and how to prioritize. “Money is always out there to be made and caught,” Richard says, roughly paraphrasing Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, “but experiences - once you miss them, you’re not sure you can have them again.”

Richard’s adventure, titled “Finding Myself,” takes place in Alaska. While Richard was backpacking in Resurrection Bay, Alaska, in an effort to be alone in nature for as long as possible, he cautiously realized a great deal about himself. What he found out about himself also led him to realizing how well he and his brother really knew each other. In this, Richard realized that finding himself also involved finding someone else along the way.

Richard believes that he is a person first, and he is everything else second. Traveling and focusing on one worry at a time while you do it can really simplify your life and help you discover who you truly are as a person. Solitude can come in handy when the only person you really need to be alone with is yourself.

 

  • 0:41 - Hayden discusses the longing for solitude and peace that some have, as opposed to the desire for companionship that others have.
  • Richard Bruschi is a writer for Sonderers Magazine. You may remember (from S02E05) that Jeromy Slaby is a writer for the same magazine. Bruschi is very cerebral in nature, and he and Hayden deep-dive into a variety of subjects throughout the interview, eventually ending up in a rabbit hole of conversation.
  • 3:35 - Richard, speaking from the city of Nottingham, starts to discuss the metropolis and why he chooses to live there with Hayden.
  • 6:40 - Richard talks about his reasons for moving to Portland from Italy when his brother moved to Jerusalem, and his experiences while living there. This includes how the move led to his marriage and, soon, his baby.
  • 10:20 - Hayden and Richard discuss how to overcome making excuses not to travel, or not to move, or not to have experiences outside of your typical days. Richard believes there are opportunities everywhere if you just know where to look and how to prioritize. Hayden agrees, and also thinks that you need to remember that, at the end of the day, you’re going to be fine.
  • 17:28 - Richard starts to tell of his Alaskan adventure, which he has titled, “Finding Myself,” which he thinks is cliche but accurate, especially with how finding yourself is related to finding other people; in his case, the other person was his brother.
    • Richard was backpacking in Resurrection Bay, Alaska, in an effort to be alone in nature for as long as possible. The simplicity made him realize a great deal about himself, however cautiously. After the third day, he realized he would have liked to have been able to share the experience. He knew that his brother would have understood, without Richard even needing to say a word.
  • 25:17 - Richard and Hayden break down the story and discuss their cravings for solitude, as well as how that solitude makes them feel. They discuss how worries can become focused while you travel, and how much that can simplify your life and your being in those moments.
  • 30:40 - Hayden and Richard talk about distancing yourself from your career, finding yourself separate from your job, and discovering who you are as a person through travel.
  • 32:17 - Richard talks about Sonderers Travel Magazine, which he writes for. Sonderers functions on the idea that everyone has a story, no matter how modest their experience is or unexciting their life is.

 

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